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Genesis 15:2-5

Lesson # Genesis 15:2-5
Study Material - Genesis 15:2-5

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Gen. 15:2-5

2 And Abram said, 'O Lord GOD, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?' 3 And Abram said, 'Since Thou hast given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.' 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 'This man will not be your heir; but one who shall come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.' 5 And He took him outside and said, 'Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.' And He said to him, 'So shall your descendants be.'

Believers need to focus on the doctrine that they have learned and not get upset when Gods timing is somewhat slower than the timing you might want for your own life. Abram has received a promise from chapter 12, that all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. By that he knew and understood, that the savior would come into the world through his offspring.

Of course this could have met that he would have a daughter because the savior would come from the seed of the woman. But, he also knew that he would have a great nation, and nations are named for male children, not female children.

Despite these promises, Abram had his lapses in faith and went off into Egypt, and then back, and then he had his strengths - he attacked the kings who took Lot, and he attacked without hesitation, without fear or concern for his own safety. Perhaps he had second and delayed thoughts after the little war. You know he could have got himself killed in that skirmish. He had a chance for even greater wealth by keeping the spoils of the war, but he did not take them.

Now after all of this, after all that God had done to give him these great victories and deliverance from Egypt, now Abram begins to have doubts about the most basic of human functions, having children. All his servants have children. The kids are probably running all over the place, but in Abram's tent there is silence - no pitter patter of little feet.

So what does Abram do? He looks to his own definition of an heir. He does not have a son or even a daughter, so his heir must be his servant, Eliezer, the one in charge of his estate, the one and only valued and trusted friend and loyal servant. Abram must adopt to get heir. Or so he is rationalizing to himself, and in error.

Often times when things don't seem to be moving fast enough for us we begin to rationalize and then pursue our own agenda. This usually gets things all messed up in our life, and inevitably delays our spiritual growth. An obvious extreme example to illustrate this is our desire to be prosperous as God has promised. We go out an rob a bank, which of course is a miss application of Bible doctrine, and we end up sitting is a cell for several years. Our spiritual life's blessing delayed. Or we are anxious for a spouse. We sleep around and end up getting aids which can be a near if not permanent delay to our future relations with the right person should we meet them.

Our decisions need to be in compliance with Bible doctrine and not of our own design. So how do we know what is the right decision and what is not? The first right decision is studying Bible doctrine regularly and daily for the rest of your life. No exceptions. No if, and's, or but's. From this, your natural gifts will come out and manifest themselves in you. Your natural desires and wants will come out, and in the appropriate ways. God will bring you into contact with people and opportunities during the normal course of your life.

If you place your lusts first, then your decisions will be faulty. If you place your knowledge in Bible doctrine first, then your decisions will be correct.

Abram looked to one not of his family, but God promised him descendants through himself. God reinforces this promise. The heir will come from his own loins. He, himself will father a child. And in the normal course of life this would be with ones wife, not some mistress. God does not promote sin, an sex with someone other than ones legitimate spouse is wrong.

God went even further and had Abram look up into the night sky. The stars were uncountable. Even today astronomers cannot count all the stars. We have discovered billions of galaxies, and within each galaxy there are billions of stars. Adam was told that his offspring would number like the dust of the earth, common folk. But Abram is told that his spiritual offspring will number into a number beyond counting.

Throughout the scriptures God has given each of us promises. Most people do not enjoy the fulfillment of those promises because they do not learn Bible doctrine and therefore they do not have the capacity to enjoy anything they have, and not advancing to maturity, they do not receive even a fraction of the blessings they were intended to receive. They simply miss out on life.

People rationalize their life into misery. They do not study. They do not see the point in it. They have excuses as to why things do not work for themselves. Or they do study, some, and they reject the things they are taught. Why can't I just live a good decent life and why can't that be acceptable to God?

Well, first of all, there is no such thing as a good decent life when God is excluded from your life. It is a false and elusive concept. Second, Cain tried that very thing and was rejected. Man's works are excluded from Gods plan. Man in arrogance thinks he can add to what God has designed, or come up with a better plan. And this is wrong. Man was not present at the creation of anything, much less his own life. And as an infant none of us had much to say about anything.

Where is mans failure? In not doing what God directs us to do - study Bible doctrine. From that discipline, all things come to us. Rejecting that discipline - we have to go out and hustle for whatever we want out of life, and we will end up losing everything.

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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